I’ve always wanted to get up to Alton Bay, NH to test the night sky up there but I’ve never wanted to spend an entire night someplace if I wasn’t sure of the light pollution. Well a couple weeks ago, during new moon week of course I noticed that it would be clear until about midnight so if I went up I’d have a couple quality hours before the clouds rolled in, perfect.
I just went down Route 11 to a rest stop near the Mt. Major trail head and went to work. I saw this tree standing taller than its neighbors and did a few quick shots with and without light painting. Which ones best, you decide?
Then I literally just turned around to the carved cliff face across the highway and did a few more there as well, same settings and light painting effects resulting in the images below. The bright spot is Jupiter.
All in all I didn’t break any records or create multiple works of art but I did discover that Alton Bay, though not great, it’s a pretty good night sky shooting location. Far better than my southern NH red zone and I also discovered a few more locations I want to try when I get back up that way.
I hope you like these images.